Oct 5, 2011 - Pamela Constable

Afghanistan: Ten Years War

Pamela Constable is a Deputy Foreign Editor at The Washington Post. From February 2002 to October 2004 she was the paper’s Kabul Bureau Chief and also made four extended reporting trips to Iraq. From March 1999 to February 2002 she was the paper’s South Asia Bureau Chief, based in New Delhi and responsible for covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. From 1994 to 1999, she was a Staff Writer for the Post, covering immigrant communities and issues in the Washington area. She is a contributor to the Style, Book World and Outlook sections of the paper.

Before joining the Post, Constable was a foreign correspondent, foreign policy reporter and editor at the Boston Globe. From 1992 to 1994 she was the paper's Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. From 1983 to 1992, she reported extensively from Central America, South America and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on Chile and Haiti. She also reported from the former Soviet Union, South Korea and the Philippines. From 1978 to 1982, she was a staff reporter for the Baltimore Sun.

Constable’s most recent book is “Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself.” She is also author of “Fragments of Grace: My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia,” Brassey’s Books International, spring 2004. She is co-author of A Nation of Enemies: Chile under Pinochet, published by W.W. Norton in 1991. She has also written chapters for edited books in India and Pakistan and has written articles on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chile and Haiti for a number of journals and magazines including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Democracy, Smithsonian and Current History. She is a 1993 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a 1989 recipient of the Alicia Patterson Fellowship to study military rule in Chile. She is also a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

She has been a guest on numerous foreign affairs television programs, including the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions, produced at the University of Delaware.

A 1974 graduate of Brown University, Constable is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize. She speaks fluent French and Spanish. She is the founder of the Afghan Stray Animal League, which operates a shelter and clinic for needy small animals in Kabul.


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